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Beethoven: Complete String Quartets Vol 8 / Kodaly Quartet


Release Date: 11/14/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554593   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Attila FalvayTamás SzaboGábor FiasGyörgy Éder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This is a bright, lively, and bracing performance of Beethoven's massive quartet, made so by the inclusion of the optional Grosse Fugue Op. 133 as a finale. Actually, the Kodály Quartet programs the shorter "replacement" finale first, and its continuity of style from the preceding Cavatina makes it sound naturally like Beethoven's first thoughts on the matter. It's a smart and fetching movement--Borodin apparently thought so too, as he seemingly borrowed the second theme for his own String Quartet No. 1. But the Kodály's reading is not all froth and bubbles: they really point up the underlying intellectual rigor of the first movement and the subtle seriousness of the following presto. Turning to the
Read more Grosse Fugue, the Kodálys miraculously make it sound more like a piece of music, and less like the sawhorse it can and often does. This is one of those Beethoven works that you respect more than you love, and though I was very impressed by the Emerson Quartet's nigh-unmatchable precision and speed, I found myself warming to the music more in the Kodály's human-scaled performance. Naxos' full sound makes this excellent release all the much more ingratiating.

--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Attila Falvay (Violin), Tamás Szabo (Violin), Gábor Fias (Viola),
György Éder (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 39 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2.
Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Attila Falvay (Violin), Tamás Szabo (Violin), Gábor Fias (Viola),
György Éder (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 15 Minutes 59 Secs. 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130: I. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro
String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130: II. Presto
String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130: III. Andante con moto ma non troppo
String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130: IV. Alla danza tedesca: Allegro assai
String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130: V. Cavatina: Adagio molto espressivo
String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130: VI. Finale: Allegro
Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op. 133

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